An Arakanese Youth Political
Activist Arrives in
He had been under close watch by military intelligence since
his assignment to work on Aung San Suu Kyi’s security
team during her last year visit to
His name is Ko Nine Nine and he was arrested by the SPDC government for involvement with the 1988 people’s uprising. He had been tortured by MI (military intelligence) for seven days in a MI interrogation cell of Akyab and hospitalized for 3 months in jail. After three years, he was freed from jail, as authorities had no specific offence to charge him with. Among nine arrestees altogether with him, eight were sentenced to death.
As he used to walk in Akyab wearing a T-shirt with Aung San Suu Kyi’s photograph, he was accused of criminal activities by MI because of his democratic activities.
Ko Nine Nine was fired from his job in shrimp exporting company in the face of threats by MI. After that, no one dared employ him.
Answering a Narinjara reporter’s questions, Ko Nine Nine said, “military intelligence officers are in close watch on us, as we have led other political activists in Arakan. We were assigned with the duty of providing security to Aung San Suu Kyi on her visit to Arakan state and we arranged a big reception for her in a festive manner. They watch our movements. I waited for better days from a political point of view, but the situation is deteriorating day by day. The military junta is becoming more and more furious and brutal to political activists, even to common people. The government has become more merciless since the Dipayin incident. Soon after Dipayin, a policeman by the name of Kyaw Kyaw called me to the police station and took my photograph and biography. Later they assigned someone to watch my movement. At the same time, they shut down all NLD offices in Akyab and they imposed a ban on the movement of members of the National League for Democracy.”
He added, “They took more repressive measure towards
political workers of Akyab. They confiscated the car
owned by the Chairman of the
Ko Nine Nine brought with him a video tape of Suu Kyi’s visit to Arakan and some important papers,” a source said.
According to Ko Nine Nine, though the SPDC government is claiming to the world that it has been heading towards democracy, in reality, they are destroying democratic institutions and trampling the political activities. The SPDC is brutally suppressing political activists, the members of the NLD and other political parties of Arakan. #
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